The Queries

In science, The Queries or simply "Queries" is the third book to English physicist Isaac Newton's Opticks, with various numbers of Query sections or "question" sections (up to 31, depending on edition), expanded on from 1704 to 1718, that contains Newton's final thoughts on the future puzzles of science. Query 31, in particular, launched affinity chemistry and the dozens of affinity tables that were made in the 18th century, based on Newton's description of affinity gradients.

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Opticks - The Queries
... See main The Queries Opticks concludes with a set of "Queries." In the first edition, these were sixteen such Queries that number was increased in the Latin edition, published in 1706, and then in the ... The first set of Queries were brief, but the later ones became short essays, filling many pages ... the fourth edition of 1730, there were 31 Queries, and it was the famous "31st Query" that, over the next two hundred years, stimulated a great deal of speculation and ...
The Queries - Overview
... Opticks concludes with a set of "Queries." In the first edition, these were sixteen such Queries that number was increased in the Latin edition ... The first set of Queries were brief, but the later ones became short essays, filling many pages ... In the fourth edition of 1730, there were 31 Queries, and it was the famous "31st Query" that, over the next two hundred years, stimulated a great deal of speculation and development on theories of chemical affinity ...

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